Netbeans 6.8, good old woodstock!
Well, it seems that Netbeans 6.8 does not come with Visual Web/Woodstock
I suspect that Sun (Oracle) are planning to replace it with those really nice ADF components, brilliant but folks it just is not commercial in my view.
People like us who have been using Netbeans with Woodstock to build HUGE applications are left high and dry and can’t move forward or upgrade to the new version. The cost of us converting to the new components is just too great with no financial benefit. We had the same trouble with IceFaces when that came out.
Personally I would like to actually get DHTLMX components and tightly integrate them with Woodstock and Visual Web, using this combination of components we’ve built some really swish AJAX based web apps that run VERY fast.
When you have 300 components on a form, you cannot hope to do it manually and leaving us with a text only option with no layout facilities provides us with no alternative but to stay with Netbeans 6.7.
So here’s my plan.
I plan to develop a tool/plugin/thingy that will allow you to visually design JSP/JSF pages. It will be seperate from Netbeans so we don’t suffer with random upgrade blues.